Emma Watson is Your Belle in New ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Live-Action Movie

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Emma Watson will be our guest in Disney’s upcoming live-action feature of Beauty and the Beast.

The 24-year-old actress announced the news on her official Facebook account on Monday:

I’m finally able to tell you… that I will be playing Belle in Disney’s new live-action Beauty and the Beast! It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I’ll get to dance to ‘Be Our Guest’ and sing ‘Something There’. My six year old self is on the ceiling – heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons. I can’t wait for you to see it. Emma xx

According to the folks at TheWrap, who first broke this morning’s casting news, this isn’t the first time Watson has been attached to a Beauty and the Beast project.

Last June, Warner Bros.’ plans for director Guillermo del Toro’s Beauty, starring Watson, fell through. With del Toro’s “blessing,” Disney began talking to Watson for the role of Belle.

No word on who will play the other leads in Beauty and the Beast — but here’s a suggestion for Gaston.

[Lead photo courtesy of AKM-GSI]